"Many of our fellow citizens would like things to be like they were before, in normal times".
"I am getting ready for the Olympics, yet I am not outside running", he tweeted last week.
The total number of infections in France had risen to 22,300, he continued, a 12 percent jump in 24 hours. Some 100,000 police officers are deployed to enforce the movement restriction. The British government has claimed that the phone call with Macron did not influence the decision to enact stricter measures to fight the virus.
Philippe told TF1 TV in a live interview that he would later sign a decree banning from Tuesday physical exercise such as jogging more than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from a person's place of residence and also halting open-air markets, although local authorities could request exemptions in exceptional cases. Some already exist, including in Nice on the Mediterranean coast.
"It goes without saying that if neighbouring states such as the United Kingdom spend too long continuing to avoid these containment measures, then we would have difficulty accepting British nationals who would move freely in their own country and then come to our country", Philippe said.
French hospitals are testing the anti-malarial and three other drugs, as part of a European programme involving 3,200 Covid-19 patients from at least seven coutries, including 800 from France.
The two heads of state also agreed to maintain close communication and promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, so as to ensure continuous development of China-France relations at a high level, and maintain the stability of China-France as well as China-Europe industrial chains and supply chains.
About 56% of respondents said the government could not manage the crisis response, while 87% were concerned about further spread.